Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Favorites/Least Favorites Wrap Up List

So 2013 was kind of up and down for me, book wise.
Some books were really awesome. Some were massive disappointments. Some really surprised me, to the point of changing my original feelings towards a series/author (in a positive way, which is always a good thing in my book).

Trends I Noticed this year:
More steampunk (which as a steampunk fan, makes me VERY happy).
More historical fantasy (ditto, my favorite genre)
More science fiction
Really awesome sequels.

Favorites List

Favorite New Series/Trilogy: Memory Chronicles series (or whatever the publishers have decided to finally call it ;has seen like three different names for it;) by Lenore Appelhans
Arkwell Academy series by Mindee Arnett (Nightmare Affair was SO underrated)
Goddess War series by Kendare Blake (another underrated one)
Finishing School series by Gail Carriger
Hex Hall series Spin-off: School Spirits Book 1 by Rachel Hawkins
The Dispossessed series by Page Morgan
Altered series by Jennifer Rush
The Archived series by Victoria Schwab
The Madman's Daughter Trilogy by Megan Shepard
Pivot Point series by Kasie West
The Fifth Wave series by Rich Yancey

Favorite Continuations (please note, this was hard because the sequels really blew me away this year, this was actually a narrowed down list and it's not that small...):
Grisha Trilogy Book 2: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Darkest Minds Book 2: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
Lynburn Legacy Book 2: Unbroken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Heist Society Book 3: Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
Something Strange and Deadly Book 2: A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard
Lunar Chronicles Book 2: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Unraveling Book 2: Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris

Favorite Conclusions of a series/trilogy: Starcrossed Book 3: Goddess by Josephine Angelini (even if some of the twists were a complete one-eighty of characters)
Darkness Rising Trilogy Book 3: The Rising by Kelley Armstrong
Abandon Book 3: Awaken by Meg Cabot
Gallagher Girls Book 6: United We Spy by Ally Carter
Unearthly Trilogy Book 3: Boundless by Cynthia Hand
Across the Universe Book 3: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Favorite Standalones: Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Poison by Bridget Zinn
The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

Favorite Old Books That I Finally Read This Year: A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
All the John Green (but particularly The Fault in Our Stars)
Inheritance Trilogy Book 1: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
Millennium Trilogy Book 3: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson
Song of Ice and Fire Book 4: A Feast For Crows by George R. R. Martin

Favorite Retellings: Woodcutter Sisters series by Alethea Kontis
Lunar Chronicles Book 2: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Across a Star Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund (to be reviewed)
The Madman's Daughter Book 1 by Megan Shepard
Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub

Favorite Fantasys: City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster (underrated)
Grisha Trilogy Book 2: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Shadows by Robin McKinley
Poison by Bridget Zinn

Favorite Steampunks: Finishing School Books by Gail Carriger
Something Strange and Deadly Book 2: A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard
Stoker and Holmes Book 1: The Clockwork Scarab by Collen Gleason

Favorite Historical Fantasys: Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
Dispossessed Book 1: The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

Favorite Dystopian: Legend Book 2: Prodigy by Marie Lu
The Fifth Wave Book 1 by Rick Yancey

Favorite Witch/Magic People Books: Lynburn Legacy series Book 2: Unbroken by Sarah Rees Brennan.
  Spellcaster Book 1 by Claudia Gray
Cahill Witch Chronicles Book 2: Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Favorite Paranormal/Ghost Books: Goodnight Family Book 2: Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Legion series Book 1: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
The Dead and the Buried by Kim Harrington
Ruined Book 2: Unbroken by Paula Morris
The Archived Book 1: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Favorite Fae/Faerie Books: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
American Fairy Trilogy Book 2: The Golden Girl by Sarah Zettel

Favorite Vampire Books: Blood of Eden Book 2: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (currently reading and am loving the hell out it)

Favorite Mystery Books: Also Known As by Robin Benway
17 and Gone by Nova Ren Suma
Prep School Confidential Book 1 by Kara Taylor

Favorite Historical Fiction Books: Spirit's Princess Book 2: Spirit's Chosen by Esther Friesner
The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeymoon
His Fair Assassin Trilogy Book 2: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Favorite Realistic Fiction Books: Just One Day/Just One Year by Gayle Forman
Pretty-Girl 13 by Liz Coley

Favorite Urban Fantasy Books: Elemental Assassin series/Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep
Shades of London Book 2: The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
Mind Games Book 1 by Kiersten White

Favorite 2012 Books I Missed But Finally Got to Enjoy This Year: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Seven Kingdoms Book 3: Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Woodcutter Sisters series Book 1: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Least Favorites

Book I Wish Had Been Better: The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe-I had tried Smoke Thief but didn't get what the big deal was. Figuring maybe the YA series was better, I tried that. It wasn't. Have come to the conclusion that Abe just isn't for me. Which is a shame because dragons! In historical fantasy setting!
Several Adult UFs that I tried out but wound up shrugging at. I actually didn't even bother reviewing them here because I had very little to say beyond, "read this before. Same old."
Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black-So much potential. So many uses of the familiar and tired cliches.
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole-Yet another popular author I can't get into.

Books That Make Me Question the Popularity Game Hard: Matched Book 3: Reached by Allie Condie-Most boring and predictable conclusion of a dystopian I've ever read. I don't get why people like this trilogy so much, I really don't. Clearly, I'm missing something.
The Magicans by Lev Grossman-Dull and pretentious as hell. Seriously, why did people rave about this so much? Better than Harry Potter my butt.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn-I'm sorry I can't get into books where every character is a jerk. I'm funny that way. I could maybe forgive it if the story was good, but no, it was rather predictable as well. No, I don't count the horrible makes-no-sense ending as a twist. Sorry.

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